Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) Says Staffer Shot At Congressional Baseball Practice

"The thin blue line held today and America should be thankful that this is still the type of country that produces these types of heroes". Two Capitol Hill police agents were also shot. "We had no arms". We were sitting ducks. "It could have been a bad situation if he could have gotten onto the field".

Scalise, who was shot in the left hip, remained in critical condition Thursday with further surgery planned.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) was among those shot on Wednesday morning, according to Fox News reporter Chad Pergram. Hodgkinson was shot and killed. "But Officers Griner and Bailey prevented that", he said. "They literally did that".

"Without them, there would have been tremendous loss of life", Barth said.

Alabama talk radio host Matt Murphy tweeted that he spoke with Brooks as well, saying the congressman said "five or more" people were hit. We saw courage in the face of death. Rep. Williams later confirmed that Barth was the aide who was shot and said he's expected to make a full recovery.

He dove for the dugout and "tore up" his leg and ankle.

Williams recalled running and diving headfirst into the first base dugout, which was seven feet underground, along with other congressmen and staffers. Chuck Fleischmann was on the phone yelling at a dispatcher to "hurry up and get here". Griner was shot in the ankle and is hospitalized in good condition.

Barth's leg was grazed by a bullet during the shooting.

To all of us non-badass observers, the translation of that statement is: "I got shot, no big deal". "He held me, I held him". Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., removed his belt, which Williams used as a tourniquet to stanch the bleeding from Barth's leg wound.

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"The people around here, on both sides of the aisle- we've got a great community up on Capitol Hill, and everyone is lifting me up", he said.

The Congressional Baseball Game has been a tradition since 1909, being played between members of the U.S. House and Senate.

Brooks said he's "thankful" that Wenstrup, also an Iraq War veteran, was there to help Scalise. "Some of us will be on the injured reserve".

He added: "We need to play this game". He said his 10-year-old son, Jack, took cover under an SUV.

Representative Bill Flores said a colleague who was at the practice told him the gunman asked if the baseball players were democrats or republicans.

'America doesn't give up, America doesn't give in.

"Some of us went in the dugout". The gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, died in a shootout with police.

"He's very proud of his Louisiana heritage", said Rep. Leonard Lance, New Jersey Republican, who says Mr. Scalise occasionally takes congressmen out for Cajun food in D.C. They saved all of our lives.

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